Teaching Artist

Working with Tracy is always a pleasure, for both colleagues and those she is teaching. Her kind and confident approach to creative work offers the best possible opportunities for artists, learners and fellow teachers to succeed. A rare facilitator that is well admired by peers and students alike.
— Rhys McClelland, Education Manager, The Public Shakesepare Initiative

The Public Shakespeare Initiative- Hunts Point Children's Shakepseare Ensemble

2016-2018, Tracy was Movement Director for the Hunts Point Children's Shakespeare Ensemble (HPCSE).

Website, Public Shakespeare Initiative

Website, Hunts Point Alliance for Children

Video, Shakespeare Ensemble on New Learning Times

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LeAP, NYC

Since 2015, Tracy has worked in numerous in-school, after-school, and summer school programs for LeAp, integrating the arts into academic curriculum.

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ASTEP at the Refugee Youth Summer Academy

Tracy worked for the Refugee Youth Summer Academy in 2014 as an Instructor, and 2016 as the Program Facilitator, managing 18 Teaching Artists and overseeing their lesson planning, behavior management, and final showcase.

Website, ASTEP

Video, RYSA 2016

A teaching artist is a practicing professional artist with the complementary skills, curiosities, and habits of mind of an educator, who can effectively engage a wide range of people in learning experiences in, through, and about the arts.
— Eric Booth, "The History of Teaching Artistry"
Refugee Youth Summer Academy, NY, NY 2016

Refugee Youth Summer Academy, NY, NY 2016

Tracy’s Teaching Artist practice naturally developed alongside her Alexander Technique work.  What initially began as a way to meaningfully support herself through the AT training, in no time revealed her passion for providing arts experiences for young people and the young at heart.  Having grown up at an Arts School herself, it is sad and hard for her to imagine a School day (or any day) without arts-based activities— the ensemble, the play, the physicality, and the three-dimensional creativity. She's worked with The Public Theater, The Shakespeare Society, Red Bull Theater,  LeAp (NYC ), The Brooklyn Waldorf School (Clown), and Artists Striving to End Poverty. 

Movement Director, Actor, Director, Deviser ...Celebrating the Possibility within each person for transformation, collaboration, empathy, play, choice, awe, and the full range of the human experience...read more


Selected Projects

As You Like It

The Public Shakespeare Initiative, 2018

Artistic Director: Oskar Eustis // Written by: William Shakespeare // Directed by: Rhys McClelland & Eli Thacker Taylor // Movement Director: Tracy Einstein // Fight Director: Justin Fuller // Asst. Movement Director: N'Dack Fleming // Puppetry Advisor: Ora Fruchter // Comprehension Teaching Artist: Alice Renier // Dramaturg: Ann McDonald // PSM: Christie Love Santiago // Music & Lyrics: Justin Ellington // Scenic Design: Claire Deliso // Costume Design: Heather Stanley // Lighting Design: Drew Florida

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Modern Shakespeare Project

Tracy is Associate Artistic Director / Performer, Choreographer / Director for Modern Shakespeare Project (MSP), a labor of love by she and her friends Brian, Morgan, and Mario. Since 2014, MSP has produced 4 of Shakespeare's plays, 3 new plays, including "The Most Lamentable Tragedy of the Bull of Queens," winner of The Players Theatre's 2017 Short Play Festival, and 5 new play readings.

To view Production Photos, head to our Website

Review, Twelfth Night, Directed by Tracy Einstein 2015

MSP has done the work a great service here.
— Thomas Burns Schully, Onstage review of Twelfth Night, Directed by Tracy

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Nu Words Project

Nu Words is an exploration of the intersections of dance, spoken word poetry, and jazz music. It premiered at the Litchfield Jazz Festival in August 2015, giving voice to prominent, progressive writers like James Baldwin, within the context of jazz music. It is a collaboration with Tracy's partner, drummer Richie Barshay, and saxophonist/floutist Caroline Davis, and a rotating group of jazz musicians.

Video: Hartford Schools

Video: The Internal Compass Music Project


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An Unapologetic Mess, A Clown Show

One Thursday a month 2015-2016

Devised: Tracy Einstein // Producer: Joe Galan // Advisor: Julia Proctor // Performed at: The PIT, NYC // Photography: No Future Photography

““But please try and understand,” he begged.
“Damn it,” I said, “I do understand. Only too well.”
“What kind of man are you?” he asked.
“I am a clown,” I said, “and I collect moments. Goodbye.” I hung up.”

Heinrich Boll’s, The Clown, 1963, translated by Leila Vennewitz p. 231.

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Why do you choose to express yourself through Theater?

The theater is one of the only places nowadays where people sit down, put away our phones/iPods/tablets and watch something. And we can learn- anything. The added human factor that enlivens momentary empathy and wraps us up in a story is the most wonderful way to expand our minds and hearts. Whatever that is that’s shared. Be it harmony, or extreme suffering. We get a little lighter, a little grander, a little softer, a little wider sense of the world and what we can still do. 

Opposing viewpoints can exist in one place, giving us a vicarious way to feel out how we fit in the picture.

Opposing experiences- the ecstatic and the profane- can exist in one space, as they exist in our bodies.

Expressing myself through this form I get to create spaces where people feel calm, safe, and energized to be their most creative and collaborative. I get to explore different worlds, dances, people, ways of thinking & being, and translate them through this collaborative art form I find to be so powerful.

We tend to use the word story casually, as if stories and narratives were ephemeral decorations for some unchanging underlying reality. The deeper neurological truth is that stories do not cloak reality, but create it, triggering cascades of perception and motivation….Stories are not just stories; they are the best invention ever created for delivering mental models that drive behavior”
— Daniel Coyle, The Culture Code: The Secrets of Highly Successful Groups